This little-known piano work (not to be confused with Satie's 1917 ballet) dates from Ravel's salon days, when he is reported to have improvised at the piano for the dancing of Isadora Duncan. La parade was written somewhere between 1892 and 1898 for Antonine Meunière [Meunier?] of the Paris Opéra and designed for "interpretative dancing" at home. It consists of two waltzes, two marches and a mazurka.
It is not very characteristic of Ravel's piano work, and of little more than historical interest.